Aldo Ross wrote:
> When did Cinelli begin making stems?
> When did he begin making handlebars?
> When did he introduce aluminum bars?
> What is the difference between of "Cinelli Firenze" and "Cinelli Milano"
> stamped on the stems?
Steven Maasland did a great job with some of the history. I'll start the discussion of actual dates. Here's my best estimate on dates for the aluminum bars and stem plus modifications (feel free to post your corrections, please):
1964 - Cinelli aluminum bars introduced. 1968 - Cinelli aluminum stem Mod. 1/A (A = aluminum) introduced. 1973 - Cinelli aluminum stem Mod. 1/R (R = Record) introduced. 1975 - Cinelli Mod. 1/A stem pinch bolt nut changed to allen nut fitting. 1978 - Cinelli Cino & C. sold to Antonio Columbo (owner of Columbus tubing and 3 ttt); logo changed to "Flying C" soon after.
Chuck Schmidt L.A.